Today was an Addenbrookes day with a difference. We both belong to the Patient and Public Involvement Panel (PPIP), which involve us in looking at, and commenting on Researcher’s proposals before they go to the Ethical Committee and before they apply for funding. Today was one of the meetings we attend to hear some proposals, have lunch, speak with other members and today, an afternoon session discussing what we all do and what could be done better. On the way home we went to vote.
I took two pictures today, my breakfast and the one of my husband, reluctantly sitting in a hospital wheelchair.
After a very lazy weekend, I spent today volunteering at Addenbrookes Hospital for two sessions of their annual Patient-led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE). I had volunteered for this prior to my husband’s recent surgery and I had not expected, when he came home from hospital, that he would need as much help as he does. However, Victoria, our granddaughter was still on her Easter holiday break, so she came round to “Granddad sit”!
It was an extremely enjoyable, although busy day, when I visited some parts of the hospital that were new to me. I, with others in my group, assessed A and E, (I have been there before) Ward EAU5, N2 as well as some corridors and sections leading off the corridors. It also involved tasting the patient’s lunch, which for me was limited, as I did not have a menu to check which was gluten-free. The lunch provided for me was excellent and included my favourite Marks and Spencer gluten-free sandwich, gluten-free cake and fruit.
As I left the hospital the Park and Ride was just leaving, they run every ten minutes; the next one was due in sixteen minutes, so I walked to the Park and Ride. It was very windy waiting for the bus, so walking was a good option even though the bus arrived at the Park and Ride just slightly before I got there.
I spent the morning moving furniture in the lounge to accommodate a single bed so that my husband can come home, possibly on Thursday, but it will depend upon what time the bed arrives. I then purchased the bed and went into Cambridge to purchase single bed linen as we do not have any.
I had lunch in Cambridge and then visited my husband during the afternoon. I took this picture as I walked across Christ’s Pieces and although the flowers are a little past their best they still depict Cambridge on a sunny day with people on their bicycles.
I went into Cambridge early today to get some shorts for my husband as his trousers are too tight over his very swollen knee and to change a pair of trousers I purchased last week. I bought regular length instead of short; both tasks were completed quickly.
Then as I was next door to Harriet’s Tea Rooms I decided a gluten-free fruit scone with butter and strawberry jam and a large latte were necessary before further shopping. To join in the with the “Whatsonmyplate” theme I decided to take a photograph, but forgot to do so until after everything but the coffee had been consumed. So today’s picture is the empty plate and empty pots!
Later I had a light lunch with some friends (and forgot to photographs it) and then visited my husband. Today is day two, the day of the operation does not count.
It was very foggy this morning and then it has been a hot and sunny day.
Today’s picture is of a Blackbird on the feeder tray, taken after I arrived home from a long day at Addenbrookes Hospital.
We were up at 0430 hours and I had to feed Bo, our neighbour’s dog before we went; it was still dark. I also had to defrost the car which took ten minutes as there was quite a hard frost last night, but then we do live in a frost hollow, so this is not unusual.
We arrived at the ward at 0645 hours and my husband went to theatre at 1020 hours for his left-knee to be replaced; he returned to the ward just as visiting hours began at 1500 hours. Visiting on this ward is rubbish 1500 to 1700 hours and then again in the evening from 1900 to 2000 hours; I shall not visit in the evening. While he was in surgery I waited on the concourse, but then Nicola, our daughter, collected me and we went to Scotsdales for lunch and a look round during her lunch break, which was infinitely better than sitting on the concourse for five hours. I have also included two pictures taken at Addenbrookes Hospital, one before the operation and one after.
Before surgery to replace left knee
After surgery to replace left knee
Mallard and Pheasant Eye Narcissus
As my husband is having his left-knee replaced on Thursday we decided that a day out in Cambridge would be a good idea, especially as he will be incapacitated for a while. Today’s picture is of him taking a picture of one of the colleges. I have also included an extra, which I particularly liked.
We started with breakfast in Harriet’s Tea Rooms, followed by a walk around the town, by the river and along The Backs. We stopped for coffee and cake at the University Centre, before coming home.
The weather forecast said it would rain, but although it was overcast it did not rain until we arrived home at about 1600 hours.
I am standing for election for a Governor position with the Addenbrookes Hospital Trust. If you would like to vote for me, you must to be a member of the Trust, you can join using the link below. Joining the Trust, before 12 April will mean that you are able to vote for me. There is no financial cost involved.
As many of you know my husband and other family members have benefitted from the excellent treatment provided by Addenbrookes and the Rosie; as have many of your families. I belong to two “Focus” groups, which are already benefitting patients and their relatives. As a Governor I can do so much more representing you, the public, as well as patients and relatives.